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About Soapstone

For Kitchen & Bathroom Countertops and Sinks


Soapstone: Standing the Test of Time

Soapstone is still in the early stages of its popularity as a kitchen and bathroom countertop material, but is now a highly coveted commodity. It is an art form by itself, but because of its unique and valuable properties, such as its incredible durability and striking beauty, soapstone is the choice material for many architects, interior designers and home owners. For those with an eye for the spectacular and a vision for forever, soapstone is for you.



Origins of the Stone

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that can range anywhere from 300 to 400 million years old. Soapstone is chemically inert and is compose of the following minerals: talc, calcium, dolomite, quartz, magnesite, mica, pyroxene, amphibole, serpentine, calcites and iron oxides. It is because of soapstone’s talc content that gives it a tactile feel to the touch.



Soapstone Sources Around the World

The largest sources of quality soapstone around the world include the likes of Brazil, India and the United States (West Virginia)

The name of any particular type of soapstone is usually derived from the quarry it originated from. Some of the more popular soapstone’s we carry are: Mariana, Indigo, Alberene, Sabon among others.



Types of Soapstone

There are essentially two categories of soapstone: Artistic and Architectual. Artistic soapstone (including most soapstone originating from Canada) has a very high talc content, making it quite soft and more suitable to carving and sculptures.

Architectural soapstone on the other hand, such as from Brazil, India and United States, has a very strong durability and solidity, making for a superb countertop material. It still has the artistic appeal and texture of Artistic Soapstone, but with the integrity needed for use in the home.



Soapstone’s Forever Properties

Soapstone is recognized as an excellent natural-stone alternative to granite and marble. Its unique color palette, artistic veining patterns and matte finish give it a rustic quality, which also allows for it to be easily and effectively incorporated into modern design environments in the home.

As the name “soapstone” implies, it is soft to the touch because of its talc content, almost like touching a piece of dry soap. The stone also has a high fusion point, low electrical and thermal conductivity and great heat retention. These properties make soapstone invulnerable to most physical damage. It will virtually last forever. Soapstone is essentially impenetrable to even the worst of damage, like red wine and heat scorching from cookware.



Soapstone – Science & Theology

The remarkable and robust characteristics of soapstone coupled with its intricate natural beauty make it a highly coveted and sought-after choice for kitchen, bathroom and outdoor countertops and sinks. Its ability to withstand all kinds of abuse is the reason soapstone has been used in science classrooms and lab countertops for over a hundred years. As further testament, soapstone was even used as even a protective coating on Brazil’s famous statue in Rio des Janeiro, “Christ the Redeemer”.